Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake dies at 84
Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake, whose career spanned more than half a century, has died at the age of 84, an employee told AFP on Tuesday. from his office in Tokyo.
“He died on the evening of August 5,” she said over the phone, declining to be named and without giving further details. details of his death. Japanese public broadcaster NHK also announced his death.
Born on April 22, 1938 in Hiroshima (western Japan), Issey Miyake was seven years old on August 6, 1945 when the United States dropped the first atomic bomb in history on his hometown, killing 140,000 people and traumatizing them for life. the survivors. He had survived, but his mother had died three years later as a result of radiation.
As soon as he graduated from the Tama University of Fine Arts in Tokyo, he moved to Paris in 1965 and had studied at the school of the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne.
Issey Miyake was one of the first Japanese fashion designers to establish himself in the French capital after working for Guy Laroche and Givenchy.
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From the 1980s, he spread his style around the world using materials never before seen in fashion (wire, Japanese craft paper, horsehair… ). He was known in particular for having made one-piece clothes and for his pleating technique.
Last June, a show show of his brand was staged in Paris by Rachid Ouramdane, director of the National Theater of Chaillot, bringing together models, performers and a collective of acrobats.